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Message from the President Changing Seasons - NCPC Fully Engaged A Ray Summerlin 2015 NCPC President This is our world on the farm. The challenges on the farm can have regional, state and even national implications. s fall arrives, we are seeing change on the farms. Winter preparations for our facilities, better appetites in all production phases and less pressure on reproduction are just a few. But with the benefits of the season come the drawbacks as well. As we were reminded last year, lower temperatures and shortened days with less sunlight mean increased risk for viral challenges. This is our world on the farm. The challenges on the farm can have regional, state and even national implications. As I see our North Carolina Pork Council staff at work for us, I see the seasonal change taking place in their world as well. Throughout the summer, our education campaign continued to ramp up. Most recently, our targeted television commercials started airing. You will read more about the featured producer, Megan Spence, in this issue of NC Pork Report. We participated in the Livestock Lobby Day at the General Assembly and continued to work with NC Farm Families, which included a rally in Kenansville, with a huge turnout of around 1,200. There was also a rally in Raleigh at the State Capitol to deliver 12,000 petition signatures to Governor McCrory, showing support for our industry. We partnered again with the International Bluegrass Music Association to host our Barbeque Experience during Wide Open Bluegrass. As the Pork Council staff plans for the fall, we are planning for our activities at the NC State Fair, which includes supporting the youth livestock show and sale and consumer outreach and education. We also had a great week in our nation's capital participating in the Fall Legislative Action visits, where we were asking support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, repeal of the Country-Of-Origin Labeling for Meat and repeal of the Waters of the United States rule. So what's ahead for the North Carolina Pork Council? * Annual Pork Conference: planning is underway for our conference in February 2016 * Director Elections: elections for directors in districts 4, 5, 6 and 7 will be held in December * OIC Continuing Ed classes: we'll be sponsoring classes throughout the state this fall As the season changes and we face its challenges, we, the North Carolina pork industry, will change to meet these challenges and continue to find solutions and improvements that will keep our industry successful and viable for the next generation. F a l l 2 0 15 * N C P o r k R epor t 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NC Pork Report - Fall 2015

Message from the President
Industry News
NCPC Launches Educational Campaign
Welcome to Our New Home
2016 NC Pork Conference
Profile: Megan Spence
6th Annual Livestock Lobby Day
NC Pork Producer Honors Former FFA Teacher
2015 State 4-H Livestock Contests
Interns Learn Important Skills While Working in the Pork Industry
Employees Honored for Education Efforts
Junior Market Swine Show
Index to Advertisers

NC Pork Report - Fall 2015